WINTER MAIN STAGE | “Pali/Altaf”
MARCH 03-05 at 8PM PT
TICKES OPEN TO PUBLIC FEBRUARY 03
Four-year-old Pali is separated from his Hindu family during the chaos of India’s 1947 Partition. Left behind in newly-formed Pakistan, he is adopted by a kind Muslim couple, with whom he lives for seven years — until one day, his biological father arrives to bring him back to India. Caught between two nations, two religions, two families, and two names, Pali/Altaf embodies the violence of colonialism and its aftermath. Originally published in 1989, renowned Indian writer Bhisham Sahni’s powerful critique of communalism in India speaks as much to the post-Independence moment as it does to the present. Pali/Altaf explores the trauma of forced migration, the cruel nature of national borders, and the power of human connection: all through the eyes of one little boy.